President Barack Obama just concluded a closely watched visit to Saudi Arabia. No major announcements or developments emerged from his meeting with the Kingdom’s leaders, and some commentators suggested that the apparent coldness between Obama and the Saudi heads of state is a plus. That means that when Obama returns to the U.S., he’ll still be able to sell the idea that he’s bringing reason and change to the decades-old, perennially troubled and increasingly unpopular American partnership with Saudi Arabia. With the Kingdom attracting more bad press recently — because of its disastrous actions in Yemen, and because of activism by the families of people killed on Sept. 11, when 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi — that’s not a bad way for Obama to be viewed. Don’t believe the hype.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.
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